August 5, 2013
A perfect pairing
Annual festival brings together arts and wine
Some came for the wine, others for the arts. Many enjoyed both on Saturday at the eighth annual Arts and Wine Festival in Courthouse Park in Cortland.
Debbie and Jill Davenport, mother and daughter, were sampling wine under the tent that opened at noon. Debbie tried a sweet blush while Jill was more a fan of the dry red she was sampling from one of 14 wineries at the festival.
Debbie, of Lake Como, and Jill, of Moravia, come every year to taste the wines.
Susan Fedele, wearing wine glass novelty glasses and Sandy Howard, both of Cortland, were with their friend Pam Cosimo of Homer, enjoying the afternoon out.
Cosimo said she had already purchased two bottles from Three Brothers Winery, a semi-sweet white and a sweet blush. She was looking forward to enjoying them on vacation in New Hampshire next week.
“We’ll go look at some crafts and wander back in and have a bite to eat,” said Cosimo of the group’s plans for the day.
Outside the wine tent about 45 art vendors and 10 food vendors, all from Cortland, displayed their wares.
Ann Finamore, vice president of the Cultural Council of Cortland County, which puts on the Arts and Wine Festival, said the event is the council’s major fundraiser for the year. And it keeps growing, she said.
Dick Mitchell, on the council’s board of directors, praised the number of artists that Cortland has, saying there is much talent in the community.
Mitchell, a local artist himself with a gallery in downtown Cortland, said there is a lot of quality artwork to be found in the community. The council aims to promote arts and culture throughout the county, Finamore said. It hosts bus trips to museums and shows in other cities and spreading awareness of local artists.
Artists came from both far and near Saturday to get exposure and sell their products.
Jewelry maker Armand DeRosa, owner of Williamsport, Pa.-based Aqua Delta Cut, said he has come the past five years to sell his jewelry. DeRosa uses a technique known as water jet cutting to shape metals for jewelry or other decorative purposes.
“People here seem to appreciate the art and understand what it is,” DeRosa said of the festival.
Nicole Jones and Stacey Goldyn, owners of Magpie, a clothing and accessory business located at the old Corset Factory on East Court Street in Cortland, were looking forward to exposure and sales at the festival. They started the business together in November after admiring one another’s work at local craft shows previously.
Goldyn specializes in custom-made costumes that are historic and period pieces, used for re-enactments and festivals. Jones does mixed media art and crochet.
They say the pairing works well, with each dabbling a little bit in the other’s business and their styles overlapping. They make old clothing into new clothing and specialize in creating unique creations.
Customers are looking for “something funky, fresh, not something you’d find at Target or Walmart,” Jones said.
Kate and Chris Buttino were enjoying the day, having bought at one of the vendors a ceramic dish that could be used for baking meatloaf or muffins.
They were excited about trying the new dish.
“We usually make a round first and see what everyone has,” Kate Buttino said.
Gini and Tony Vidal were there with their 15-month old daughter, Sienna, who was clutching a Rosemary shortbread that they had purchased at the Homer Farmers Market vendor. The Vidals said they would be going to the farmers market now that they had sampled some of the food.
Debbie Badman, who was the vendor at the farmers market tent, which represented seven different vendors, said the conglomeration was a good way for different places to be represented. Since the festival fell on Saturday, the same day as the market, Badman said the merging of vendors worked.
She was selling veggies, cheeses, jams, corn and other goods.
Badman was anticipating a fruitful day as people passed by her location near Court Street on their way in or out of the event.
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